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Newsfront - April 10, 2009

Teachers protest Social Security rules

Public sector is denied survivor benefits

by Geoff Gillette

Hundreds of teachers, outraged over a pair of programs that take away Social Security benefits, turned out at a March 21 meeting at Iron Horse Middle School.

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Posted by Hoot Smalley, a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2009 at 5:18 am

Well, Geoff, you did at least try to explain GPO; however, you either don't understand it or you are trying to mislead people. Every dual income family in America faces the issue addressed by GPO. However, prior to GPO, dual income families in which one spouse was a teacher were given more benefits than other dual income families in which neither of the spouses were teachers. Because the offset is only 2/3, they are still being treated better than other dual income families. In dual income families where neither spouse was a teacher, the offset is 100%! I really don't see how anybody can have any sympathy for teachers on this issue.

With respect to WEP, the way it's calculated should probably be modified but the principle behind WEP is still sound. WEP was also passed (just like GPO) to stop giving teachers an unfair advantage over people who are not teachers. Again, I would agree that the calculation method is a bit heavy handed and the impact should be lessened but the overall concept of WEP should remain.